A nice article by Tim Harper on Liberal Leadership candidate Joyce Murray can be found here. There seems to be a growing impression Ms. Murray will do well in voting in the Liberal leadership race (relatively speaking, considering how many supporters Justin Trudeau has signed up).
Now, I’ll say again that I’m still neutral on what candidate I’d vote for (and I do have a vote, as I registered awhile back), and quite frankly, I’m not in total agreement with Ms. Murray on electoral reform, specifically that we should be trying to push proportional representation. It’s good in principle, but I think that Canadians have shown they have no appetite for that type of voting system. I have long stated that Alternative Voting (AV) or ranked balloting is what should be tried, as it’s the least scary option for voting reform and has a better chance of passing muster.
That said, if Ms. Murray does well in the voting and comes second to Justin Trudeau (even a distant 2nd), that placement for her cannot or should not be brushed away or ignored by the Liberal Party, just because some of the establishment don’t like her idea for one time electoral cooperation. Why alienate a large segement of supporters/party members that do support that, or a form of it?
Polls have been better of late, but an election is a couple of years away yet, and the Liberals can ill afford to alienate too many new supporters that they’ll be counting on for support, both financial and at the ballot box.